William Koelsch

William Koelsch, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Graduate School of Geography
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477


Professor William Koelsch received his M.A. degree from the Graduate School of Geography in 1959 and his Ph. D. in history from the University of Chicago in 1966. He was visiting assistant professor of geography, Spring 1963 and returned in 1967 as Assistant Professor of History and Geography, retiring as Professor Emeritus, 1998. His research centers on the history of geography and the history of higher education.

Selected Recent Publications

William A. Koelsch. 2014. “Miss Semple Meets the Historians: The Failed AHA 1907 Conference on Geography and History and What Happened Afterwards.” Journal of Historical Geography, Vol. 45, pp. 50-58.

William A. Koelsch. 2013. Geography and the Classical World: Unearthing Historical Geography's Forgotten Past. London: I. B. Tauris & Co., Ltd. (Tauris Historical Geography Series, 8.)

William A. Koelsch. 2012. “The Legendary 'Rediscovery' of George Perkins Marsh.” Geographical Review, Vol. 102, pp. 510-624.

William A. Koelsch. 2009. “Arnold Guyot and Humboldtian Science in Nineteenth-Century New England,” Northeastern Geographer, Vol. 1, pp. 34-95.

William A. Koelsch. 2008. “Thomas Jefferson, American Geographers, and the Uses of Geography.” Geographical Review, Vol. 98, pp. 260-279.

William A. Koelsch. 2006. “William E. Gladstone and the Reconstruction of Bronze Age Geography, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, Vol. 12, pp. 329-345.

William A. Koelsch. 2004. “Squinting Back at Strabo,” Geographical Review, Vol. 94, pp. 503-518.

William A. Koelsch. 2004. “Franz Boas, Geographer, and the Problem of Disciplinary Identity.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, Vol. 40, pp. 1-22.

William A. Koelsch. 2001. “Academic Geography, American Style: An Institutional Perspective.” In G. Dunbar, ed. Geography: Discipline, Profession and Subject Since 1970: An International Survey, pp. 245-279. Dordrecht, Neth.: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

William A. Koelsch. 1987. Clark University: A Narrative History, 1887-1987. Worcester: Clark University Press.